Preview: In-form Tudors head to Margate with playoffs in their sights

Hemel will be looking for another impressive performance from striker Morgan Ferrier. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard
Hemel will be looking for another impressive performance from striker Morgan Ferrier. Picture (c) Terry Rickeard

Hemel Town have the chance to seal their place in the National League South playoffs with a victory against struggling Margate on Saturday.

The Tudors know that one more win from their last two games could be enough to secure a top-five spot if Dartford, Maidenhead United or Whitehawk slip up elsewhere.

The Tudors go into the game on the back of a 3-1 victory over Oxford City at Vauxhall Road at the weekend, and they will be hoping that there is plenty to cheer about after Saturday’s trip to Kent.

Dean Brennan’s side will be strong favourites to get the better of a Margate side who have lost each of their last 10 league fixtures, but the Hemel boss isn’t getting carried away.

“We have to keep our discipline and keep working our socks off because it is our work rate, our determination, our heart and our spirit that has got us into the position that we are in,” he said.

“We know that it will be a tough game because Margate are fighting for their lives.”

Hemel opened up a three-point gap over Maidenhead United and Dartford at the weekend, but a bigger threat could come from Whitehawk, who won 3-0 at Bath on Tuesday to move within four points of the Tudors, with a game in hand.

Brennan continued: “We have a four-goal advantage and a three-point advantage; we could lose 2-0 and someone else could win 3-0 and then it is back in somebody else’s hands.

“You can’t rest on your laurels in this business because if you stand still, the game will bite you on the backside. A week is a long time in football and anything can happen.”

However, should Hemel pick up three points against relegation-threatened Margate on Saturday – and Maidenhead, Dartford and Whitehawk all fail to win – the Tudors would be guaranteed a place in the playoffs.

If that doesn’t materialise, Whitehawk and Hemel face each other on the last day of the season, in what could turn out to be a playoff decider.